What Time To Start Baby’s Day

What Time To Start Baby’s Day. What time should be baby’s waketime each day? How to calculate and decide baby’s perfect wakeup time.

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What time should you aim to start your day every day? When you want to! Of course, this will be affected by the child’s input also. It seems to me most Babywise moms start their day in the 7 AM hour. Brayden and I always have started at 7 AM. I have Kaitlyn start at 7:30 AM because I still need to feed Brayen breakfast and such before starting with her. Here are some things to consider:

  • Your waketime now will likely be your waketime until your child decides that he actually enjoys sleeping in. That will take some time. You can work it back later, but it is easier to manipulate it now.
  • Are you a morning person? If so, you could start earlier. I am, but I prefer to start Brayden at 7 so I have 1-2 hours in the morning before he gets up. If not, you would probably prefer a 7:30 or 8:00 waketime.
  • Start early enough you can get all the feedings and naps in before desired bedtime.
  • You don’t have to start at a half hour increment. You can start at 7:10 or 7:15. You decide.

Whatever time you start, be consistent. Start at the same time within 30 minutes. If you start at 7 AM, that doesn’t mean you can start anywhere from 6:30 or 7:30, it means 7-7:30 or 6:45-7:15, etc. While I was pregnant with Kaitlyn, Brayden started at 7:15 so I could sleep until 7:00 and get up and use the restroom, etc. before I got him. Do what works for you.

Poll Results: What time do you start baby’s day? (Waketime)
6:30 AM: 8 votes (12%)
7:00 AM: 23 votes (37%)
7:30 AM: 15 votes (24%)
8:00 AM: 12 votes (19%)
8:30 AM: 2 votes (3%)
9:00 AM: 2 votes (3%)
Total of 62 votes

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What Time To Start Baby's Day. What time should be baby's waketime each day? How to calculate and decide baby's perfect wakeup time. 

Reader Questions:

  • Amber said…
    Hello…I have yet another questions! Here I go…My daughter is almost 3 1/2 months old and has been STTN (going 7 – 9 hours straight) for at least a month now. Bedtime at 8:30 sleep until 6ish, eat, sleep until 8:30 or 9:00. The question is that she is starting to sleep longer at night (until 7 or 7:30) I DON’T want a waketime that early so she eats and goes back to sleep. Do I feed her again at 8:30 or 9 when she wakes for the day or do I start my 3 hour schedule at 7:00ish in the morning?Thanks!
    January 4, 2008 8:33 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    I think you are going to have to start your day at 7:30 when she wakes. Once she gets to the point of sleeping 12 hours, you could set bedtime at 8:30 and sleep until 8:30. I wouldn’t start any later than 8:30 AM though. Until then, I would start the day and routine at 7:30.
    January 5, 2008 10:01 AM
  • Becky & Scott said…
    I just found you too! I’m sooo glad I did! I felt like I had no one to talk to about BW! My question is, at what point do you not set the morning wake-up time? Do you always? How do I know what he is capable of sleeping if I am waking him up? His dreamfeed is at 10pm and his wake up time is 7:00am. Sometimes he wakes for a feeding at 5:00am. Thanks!
    March 17, 2008 11:08 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    I always set the morning waketime. I think that is a very important step in getting a consistent schedule from day to day (meaning naps are at the same time each day). When he has a feeding at 5, I would let him sleep in an extra 30 minutes if he will, but no longer. You want that metabolism to get hungry at the same time each day.Glad you found us! It is very helpful to have fellow BW people to hash things out with.March 17, 2008 11:20 AM
  • Catherine said…
    Hi Valerie, Just had a quick question:Is the waketime window 30 minutes on either side?For example, our waketime is 8. This morning my son woke at 7:30, so I just started the day. Sometimes he will wake between 5:30 and the 6 a.m. hour. (We are making great progress with sttn!) When that happens I will get him up at 8:30 to give more time between the feeds.Just wanted to make sure I was being consistent.March 21, 2008 1:10 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Catherine, No, it is a 30 minute variance. So if waketime is 8:00, you could do 7:30-8:00 or 7:45-8:15 or 8:00-8:30 for example. This variance can change over time. By that I mean that if you chose 8-8:30 right now, it doesn’t have to be that 3 months from now. You can change it based on her needs at the time.You can have off days if you need, but try to keep it consistent. A consistent waketime is a huge factor in having a consistent schedule from day to day.March 21, 2008 10:01 AM
  • bethers21 said…
    Val, Is it normal to have to wake a baby almost every morning? Once we were on a consistent schedule our waketime has always been 7 am (6:45 during the week). He goes to bed after his 7pm feeding with a 10pm DF. I just didn’t know if he should be waking on his own and needs more sleep or whether it’s completely normal to have to get them up. Thanks!
    April 27, 2008 12:52 PM
    bethers21 said…
    Sorry to post again…I wasn’t logged in to blogger the first time so didn’t get to check to be notified of any comments 🙂
    April 27, 2008 1:02 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    I don’t know that it is normal as in common, but I certainly wouldn’t call it a problem 🙂 It is quite possible that he will wake on his own once the dreamfeed is dropped. It is also possible that he is just an awesome sleeper. I had to wake my daughter in the morning for a long time. Most days she is awake in the morning, though sometimes she still is asleep. Same for my 3 year old.
    April 28, 2008 9:59 AM
  • Erin Jensen said…
    Hi! I have sort of this same question but a little different. My baby goes down at 9 or 9:30 and waketime is 7:30 – 8:00 depending on how early I need to get into work. However he doesn’t usually wake on his own either and usually isn’t so happy to be getting up…does this mean he needs more sleep and I should put him down earlier? This would probably mean going down to 5 feedings which he would probably do ok with but I just don’t know. Oh he is 4 months old. Thanks!!!
    July 18, 2008 12:08 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    I would put him down earlier. If he needs a 6th feeding, I would do a dreamfeed at 9:30 or 10:00 ish. It sounds like he is read for more sleep 🙂
    July 21, 2008 4:50 PM
    Erin Jensen said…
    Thanks! I will gradually start getting him down earlier and we’ll see how he does without a dreamfeed. A little more time in the evening with him sleeping will probably be nice for us too!
    July 21, 2008 6:50 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    You are welcome! It will be very nice for you 🙂
    July 23, 2008 3:33 PM
  • Ikaika and Laura said…
    I had a question about waking early-my almost 4 month old goes down between 8-8:30 because that is when my 20 month old goes down. he eats right before bedtime but does not have a dreamfeed. he wakes anytime from 6-7:00 but i do not feed him until 12 hours from when he last ate to encourage him to sleep the whole 12 hours. he does not cry in his bed or anything he just plays and sucks his thumb. but then by the time i get him out to feed him he is pretty much ready to take a nap already. so we dont really have eat wake sleep it is more like eat change pamper sleep. is there anyway to encourage him to sleep until his first feeding?July 28, 2008 5:25 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    Keep in mind that baby does not move to a possible 10-12 hours of sleep at night until weeks 16-24. So I personally wouldn’t try to force 12 hours out of him before 24 weeks old unless you are positive he can do it. Also, some kids don’t sleep 12 hours. 10 hours is okay too.
    See 10-12 Hours of Sleep
    If you prefer him to sleep in later to going to bed earlier, then I would put him to bed later. If you prefer the earlier bedtime, I would continue with that but them feed him when he wakes. He is doing a great job. Another option would be to add a dreamfeed at 10:30ish to get him to be able to go longer into the morning.
    July 30, 2008 3:06 PM